Miss Heather wrote this on the Teen Department’s Instagram this weekend: “Moon Township Library sends love and strength to everyone in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, and around the world affected by today’s tragic act of violence. It’s time to end the hate and open our hearts and minds.”
Here are some ways you can prove that Pittsburgh is Stronger Than Hate.
- Vitalant has a blood bank in Moon Township. Schedule an appointment to donate blood.
- Donate money directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue through Paypal, by calling 412-521-6788, or by mailing a check to 5898 Wilkins Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
- Contribute to the GoFundMe created by an Iranian graduate student for the Synagogue.
- Give to the Our Victims of Terror Fund created by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
- Have your donation matched by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Donate to the LaunchGood campaign organized with The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in an interfaith cooperation with the Tree of Life Synagogue.
If you are donating money, keep this in mind: According to Shiva.com, chai consists of the 8th and 10th letters of the Hebrew alphabet and means life. Therefore, the number 18 is a symbol of good luck in Jewish tradition, so many people will give $18 (chai) or $36 (double chai) as a blessing because you are giving the gift of life.
If you are affected by the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has created a list of community resources as well as articles and books about dealing with violence and grief.